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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Education
4:15 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Charter Board Debate Intensifies

The State Senate will debate the Charter Board bill on Tuesday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Senate is scheduled to debate a bill tomorrow that creates a separate board to oversee the growing number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 337 has gone through several revisions since it was introduced by Republican lawmakers two months ago. One of the provisions in an earlier bill, for example, removed the requirement that charter school teachers be college graduates. That requirement has since been re-instated.

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Education
4:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Guilford County Students To Get Tablets

Students in a Guilford County school classroom on computers.
Credit Guilford County Schools

This fall about 13,000 middle school students in the Guilford County Schools district will receive tablets. It’s part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant that Guilford won last year. Administrators and teachers will receive training from a company called Amplify in the coming months. 

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Revamp Wake County School Board

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in the Senate have approved a bill that would change how leaders of the Wake County school board are elected.

Senate Bill 325 would scrap the current boundaries for board seats. It would also move board elections from odd to even-numbered years, when voters choose their representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

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Education
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Bill Would Limit School Board Options

Credit Dave DeWitt

A change may be coming to how local school boards and boards of county commissioners negotiate over school funding. 

Local county commissioners control the purse strings in all 115 of the state’s school districts. Often, the school boards and county commissioners disagree over the amount of money allocated to schools.

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Education
4:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Winning Ethics: National Competition Comes To Chapel Hill

Kate Vancil, Joyce Wang, Sandhya Mahadevan, Salman Iftikhar, and Nathan Cho make up the East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Bowl team.
Credit Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dave DeWitt profiles North Carolina’s entry in the first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sandhya Mahadevan doesn’t come off as someone who is likely to back down from anyone. She’s whip-smart, looks you dead in the eye when she’s talking to you, and can’t wait to engage on the events of the day.

But after a few years on her high school debate team, even she was looking for something a little less combative. That’s when she heard about the Ethics Bowl. 

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Business & Economy
7:52 am
Fri April 12, 2013

NC Connects STEM Education To STEM Economy

Students engineer a tower.
Credit Wake NC State STEM Early College High School

Leaders in Science and Math have created a scorecard to gauge how North Carolina moves forward in connecting a STEM education to new economy jobs.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Sam Houston is president and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Education Center.  He says the scorecard measures the state against itself and how to better link education to the jobs of the future.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

McCrory Budget Targets UNC System For Cuts

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

McCrory unveiled his $20.6 billion dollar budget yesterday. In his proposal, most of the money goes towards education.

As he unveiled his proposed $20.6 billion dollar budget yesterday, the banner behind Governor Pat McCrory trumpeted the three initiatives he wanted to emphasize. It read: “Economy. Education. Efficiency.” In reality, though, education should have been number one, because it’s by far the largest expenditure and the area where the biggest fights are likely.

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Education
10:03 am
Wed March 20, 2013

McCrory Unveils Safer Schools Initiative

Credit State Dept of Public Safety

Governor Pat McCrory has introduced a new initiative to improve school security.  He has created the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools within the state Department of Public Safety.  McCrory says the center will work with school administrators, law enforcement and state mental health experts to minimize serious threats in and around schools.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Left Off The Path: Latinos And High School Graduation

The General Assembly is unlikely to alter the policy that undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Educators don’t often get a chance to celebrate publicly, so it was understandable when State Superintendent June Atkinson stood up at a news conference last fall and bragged a little about North Carolina’s 80 percent high school graduation rate.

“This is excellent news for our state and one more step toward ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school career, college, and citizenship ready,” said Atkinson.

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